Portuguese TV Forum ONSeries Lisboa Launched by Conecta Fiction Producers

Inside Content, the company responsible for the organization of Spain’s Conecta Fiction TV meet and marketplace, will host its first edition of ONSeries Lisboa, a Portugal-based showcase for TV series to find international buyers, sales agents and exhibitors.

ONSeries Lisboa will run April 28-29 at the Belém Cultural Center in the Portuguese capital city. Additionally, projects currently in development will be offered opportunities to seek out funding from international partners.

While attendance will be open to major industry players from around the world, the two-day even will offer a platform for showcasing local talent while promoting Portuguese facilities and shooting locations.

It will also be an opportunity for Portuguese producers to interact with their international counterparts and learn ways that others are staying competitive in the current content market, while seeking out new business opportunities and collaborators.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the Portuguese companies and creators to show the potential of our creativity and diversity to a highly-qualified and relevant audience for the future of our audiovisual industry,” said Luis Chaby Vaz, president of the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual (ICA) in a statement.

He added: “This is the reason why the ICA, together with the Portugal Film Commission, are associated with this event, proceeding with the Portuguese cinema and audiovisual internationalization plan, which has been implemented with good results.”

Financed in part by the Portuguese Government through the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Lisbon, OnSeries Lisboa will receive additional support from a slew of institutions, suggesting a consensus that such an event is needed.

Backers include Independent TV Producers Association (APIT), Copyright Collective Management and Cinematographic and Audiovisual Producers Association (GEDIPE), Belém Cultural Centre Foundation (CCB), the Portugal Film Commission, Lisboa Film Commission, the Institute for Cinema and Audiovisual (ICA) and public broadcaster RTP.

“We believe it’s a great initiative, at the right moment, in the right place, in the right industry,” said Gonçalo Reis, president of RTP.

He went on to say that audiovisual production in Portugal, especially fiction, is building strongly with increasing quality level and diverse and interesting slates.

“With a growing global ambition, RTP has led several international co-productions and we will keep investing in this fashion,” Reis said. “In this context, an event such as ONSeries can be an excellent example of the national creative capacity and an opportunity for the development of international partnerships.”

Conecta Fiction, Inside Content’s Spain-based counterpart to ONSeries Lisboa, is a Europe-Latin American co-production forum which is Spain’s biggest TV industry event, which will take place for the second year running in Pamplona, capital of the northern Spanish region of Navarre, June 22-25. Launched in 2017, in Galicia at the time, the event has become one of the year’s most important get-togethers for the Spanish TV industry.

Géraldine Gonard, director of ONSeries Lisboa and Conecta Fiction explained: “We want to connect key industry decision makers directly with the incredible resources of Portugal. This showcase plays a vital role in making Portugal a viable option for many actors in the international industry.”

She added: “ONSeries Lisboa will promote the facilities and versatility of Portugal and its professionals by showing what they are capable of doing and the richness and variety of the physical environment. We think it is the best way to see the viability of a co-production and of course, this will attract foreign investment to the country.

Gonard noted the cultural link between Portugal and Navarre. “As organizers of Conecta Fiction, we will generate a fast physical link between the producers of Portugal and Navarre. Both parties feel that it is the right time to put together the first project exchange program between them.”

More TV

  • Caroline Flack

    'Love Island' Returns to Air As ITV Defends Treatment of Caroline Flack

    ‘Love Island’ was back on air Monday for the first time since the death of former host Caroline Flack on Feb. 15. Amid the reality series’ return, broadcaster ITV insists it supported the star after she was removed from the show. Monday night’s episode began somberly with narrator Iain Stirling providing voiceover over scenes of [...]

  • Tiffany BooneEntertainment Weekly Pre-SAG Party, Arrivals,

    Actor Tiffany Boone Addresses Her Decision to Quit 'The Chi'

    Actor Tiffany Boone addressed her exit from “The Chi,” the Showtime series she departed in November 2018 after making harassment allegations against her former co-star Jason Mitchell. Mitchell was fired from the show last May as a result of intimidation and abuse accusations made by Boone and showrunner Ayanna Floyd Davis. Mitchell was subsequently dismissed [...]

  • Amazon Prime nabs ‘Russian Affairs’ for

    Amazon Prime Nabs ‘Russian Affairs’ for Germany, France and the Netherlands

    Amazon Prime Video has acquired the first season of series “Russian Affairs” for distribution in Germany, France and the Netherlands, from Russia’s Start Studios. The eight-part drama that follows the lives of Russia’s elite and those who aspire to that position is set in contemporary Moscow. Under the title “Gold Diggers,” the series was broadcast [...]

  • MODEL RELEASED Mother with baby, 1

    Channel 4 Orders ‘Baby Surgeons’ From Wonderhood Studios

    U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Wonderhood Studios for a documentary series with the working title “Baby Surgeons.” The series will explore the journeys parents go through to save their babies during complex pregnancies and will feature cutting-edge baby surgeries, some performed inside the womb. It will also use CGI, MRI and Ultrasound to enhance [...]

  • Bertelsmann CEO Says RTL, ProSiebenSat.1 Should

    Bertelsmann CEO Says RTL, ProSiebenSat.1 Should Be Free to Merge

    The CEO of German media giant Bertelsmann has said its RTL Group TV division should be allowed to merge with German rival ProSiebenSat.1 and called for a loosening of E.U. antitrust regulations in order to better stave off intensifying competition from U.S. streaming giants. In an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung published on [...]

  • Politicians and Petition Support BBC Following

    Politicians and Petition Support BBC Following Reports of Major Cuts

    A war of words around the future of the BBC continued on Monday amid reports of severe cutbacks to the U.K. public broadcaster. The Sunday Times reported over the weekend that Downing Street, the seat of the U.K. government, was planning to replace the annual BBC license fee with a subscription service; sell most of [...]

  • Stanley Tucci

    Stanley Tucci to Host BBC Radio 4 Series 'The Californian Century'

    Actor and filmmaker Stanley Tucci will front series “The Californian Century,” set to air on BBC Radio 4. Tucci will play a cynical screenwriter who narrates the stories of ten people who helped build California over the last 100 years. They include Francis Boggs, the first person to direct a full movie in California; Hattie [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content